Saturday, January 16, 2010

Resume Tips for Technology Professionals!!!

Hi friends,

With increasing numbers of job seekers competing for the most desirable technical jobs, your resume needs to be better than the rest to get noticed.

Effective technical resumes clearly show the candidate's technical skills-- a hiring manager shouldn't have to go fishing for this information. An excellent way to include technical knowledge is to add a Technical Summary or Technical Expertise section to your resume.

Break the section into subcategories so the reader can quickly scan through your knowledge of programs and applications. Possible categories include technical certifications, hardware, operating systems, networking/protocols, office productivity, programming/languages, Web applications and database applications.

Many hiring managers say they are searching for candidates who offer more than technical credentials. Soft skills such as interpersonal communications, ability to work collaboratively and commitment to achieving corporate goals are just as desirable. In other words, your resume needs a personality. The reader shouldn't be impressed only by your technical qualifications, but should also find you to be likeable and well-suited for the team.

For each position you've held, give a brief synopsis of the scope of your responsibility. Then show how your performance benefited the company. Give examples of how past initiatives led to positive outcomes such as enhanced efficiency, faster time-to-market, monetary savings, etc. Accomplishments are most powerful when they are measurable, so include actual performance figures whenever possible.

Focus on your most impressive technical projects/accomplishments. What types of challenges did you face? What did you do to overcome the challenges? How did your performance improve the organization's bottom line?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tips for Job Hunting

Hi friends,

Here are some important Tips for Job Hunting. Struggling to find a great job in a bad economy can be a drag, but undertaking even a few of these tips will improve your chances of landing a gig. “Remember it doesn’t matter how many jobs are or aren’t out there” , “You’re just looking for one – the right one for you.”

1. Pick and Choose Your Targets:

“It’s important to put your time and energy into opportunities that you’re the most interested in and that have the best chance of coming to fruition,”. “Pick a few companies you’re interested in and pursue them, whether they have current openings or not.”

2. Concentrate on Growth Industries:

“With oil costs where they are, the need for cheap fuel and cheap heat is ever-mounting. And any job that alleviates pain is recession-proof. Similarly, the National Guard and the defense industry in general will continue to thrive as the next stage in the war on terror continues.”

3. Work Your Network:

Flip through your Rolodex or business social media contacts and let them know you’re looking.

4. Sell Yourself:

“Preparation includes how to talk about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way,” Create a list of potential interview questions and answers to create speaking points.”.

5. Stay Positive:

The most important thing when searching for a job in tough economic times is to retain a positive attitude. “Even in a job market with 10 percent unemployment, there’s 90 percent employment,”. “There is an average of over 3 million jobs available in the US per month – and each job seeker is looking for one.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Prices!!!

Hi friends,

Here are the pricing details of Microsoft Office 2010 (MS Office 2010 Price) :

* Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student Price – $149 as a boxed product, and for $119 with a product key card
* Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Busines Price- $279 as a boxed product, and $199 with a product key card
* Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Price – $499 as a boxed product, and $349 with a product key card
* Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic version Price – $99 as a boxed product

In Simple Words:

* For people running a small business or working from home, MS Office Home and Business is offered for $279 (boxed) or $199 (Product Key Card) and includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, and Office Web Apps.
* For more advanced needs,MS Office Professional is offered for $499 (boxed), or $349 (Product Key Card) and includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, premium technical support, and Office Web Apps.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

National Park Service Careers!!!

Hi friends,

More than 20,000 Americans work to preserve and protect the United States of America’s most prominent natural, historical and recreational resources. They are the employees of the National Park Service (NPS).

One of eight Department of the Interior bureaus, the NPS oversees 380 locations covering 83 million acres across the US and its territories. This range of responsibilities results in Park Service career opportunities like these:

Park Rangers:

Park rangers oversee national parks, historical sites and recreational areas across the country. Sites range from the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone to Gettysburg National Military Park and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Individuals filling these positions are involved in a variety of tasks – from protecting property, developing interpretive material, and investigating complaints and accidents to running campgrounds, enforcing laws and regulations, and contributing to fire control efforts.

Fire Management Professionals

Employees of the Park Service’s Fire and Aviation Management program work to prevent and fight fires that threaten lives or property. In some cases, they also ignite fires intentionally as a way to recreate or restore natural environments.

U.S. Park Police:

Most members of the US Park Police work in metropolitan Washington, DC, protecting lives there as officers from any other urban police department would. However, US Park Police officers can also be assigned to other Park Service areas – though often on a temporary basis – as well as to the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City or the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

This force includes horse-mounted, motorcycle, helicopter and canine units, as well as a special equipment and tactics team and investigative and security officers.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Cloud Computing!!

Hi friends,

Cloud Computing helps programs to jump from our own desktops to servers elsewhere and it promises to make our data accessible from anywhere. It will enable web-based collaboration with teams around the world.

The cloud movement will see a major leap forward in the first half of 2010 with the launch of “Office Web Apps,” free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote released in tandem with Microsoft Office 2010.

Google also looks to be a strong player in the space with rumors of a “GDrive” that will give users in
finite storage.

Imagine being able to work from anywhere with anyone. Wait, you can already do that! The new versions of these programs will make it easier to use any computer and access any program or file, pushing these type of applications into the mainstream. While many cloud enthusiasts believe this could be the death of the PC, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. That old dog still has a few years left.

  • Save Money:Running your own data center was an expensive headache. Cloud computing eliminates the cost by outsourcing this task.

  • Leveling the Playing Field: Advanced business systems were previously out of reach for small business owners due to the cost. Cloud computing will allow small businesses to compete with similar tools as much larger companies.
  • Sunday, January 3, 2010

    10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary??

    Hi friends,

    “There’s always a risk involved with any questions you raise when the offer is made, but it’s better to ask questions then, because if [the company is] uncompromising, that’s not a healthy situation,”. Think of a salary negotiation as your chance to shine.

    Here it goes...

    1. “Thanks -- is this a firm job offer?”

    Demonstrate that you’re professional, polished and polite by saying thank you, and immediately follow to make sure that you really have just been offered a job.

    2. “Is this negotiable?”

    Once the salary offer is revealed, it never hurts to ask if they’ll put more money on the table. If they say no, you can move on to negotiate other items.

    3. “Is this base only?”

    Asking if the figure you’re offered is total compensation or base compensation lets the interviewer know you’re interested in the details of bonuses and stock options, and it opens up other questions about bonus opportunities.

    4. “When would you like an answer?”

    Never accept a job offer on the spot. In our society, you’re perceived as more effective if you’re thoughtful. Plus, stalling gives you time to consider your negotiation strategy. You can say, “This is a great job, and I really want it, but in my experience, I’m better off thinking about it and coming back to you.” Never say you need to discuss it with your spouse -- you want to appear confident and capable of making a decision on your own.

    5. “Will I get the offer in writing?”

    Don’t accept an offer that isn’t in writing. Not everyone is honest. If you quit a job based on the verbal promise of a new job that then falls through, you’ll have no job and no recourse.

    6. “Will there be a sign-on bonus?”

    If they say no, your response is, “OK, I’m just asking.” Just because the pay isn’t negotiable doesn’t mean other aspects of the job aren’t. Ask for flextime, telecommuting or anything else that’s important to you.

    7. “What is the start date?”

    This is a way to reaffirm that the offer is serious. Most people want you to start immediately but will be disappointed if you agree to do so. If you leave your current employer in the lurch, the concern is that you might do the same to this company someday. If you’re switching jobs rather than coming off unemployment, build in time to close out your existing job and take a vacation.

    8. “May I please have a job description?”

    This question verifies the job you’re being hired to do is the job described during the interview process -- and is a job you’re capable of doing.

    9. “How and when will I be evaluated, and will there be an increase on the basis of that evaluation?”

    These questions separate out when you’ll be evaluated and when you’ll be eligible for a raise. Those two events are often, but not always, linked.

    10. “Regarding benefits, please provide the details -- when do they start?”

    If your current employer’s health coverage will end before you’re covered by the new employer’s plan, you can negotiate for the new employer to pay the cost of extending your old policy.

    You ask these 10 questions, keep in mind that in addition to gathering necessary information, you’re showing your new boss that you’re a good negotiator. “You want them to know they’re smart to offer you the job, but you’re not going to come cheap,”.